On December 4, an ensemble cast of five professional Shakespearean actors will perform a condensed version of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing for our ninth grade English students. But that’s not all! The week prior to the performance, the actors will conduct in-class workshops with students to familiarize them with the play and to get them on their feet to experience the text. The actors will work with students at Plymouth, Concord, and Clay High Schools in this inaugural year.
We are thrilled about this new partnership between PHS and the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival. Shakespeare at Notre Dame includes the summer program—which brings their Young Company to perform in Centennial Park during the summer—and serves as the American base of Actors From the London Stage, the model for this high school program.
Bringing more Shakespeare to Plymouth is especially appropriate as we approach his 450th birthday in April. To celebrate, the One Book, One Town Marshall County selection this spring is A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley, a novel based on Shakespeare's King Lear. Submitted by Stephanie Wezeman
Marcelino "Boo" Arbuckle a 5 year old kindergartner at Webster Elementary School was diagnosed with Desmoid Fibromatosis which is a rare cancer that affects small children with tumors that are 100% cancer. He was sent to Riley for chemo and after 7 weeks of chemo therapy the doctors realized the lump was taking over his airways and the chemo had to be stopped. The chemo was feeding the tumor and causing it to grow at a more rapid rate. On October 4, he underwent surgery to have a breathing tube put in place as well as a feeding tube. Currently he is set to go to Bloomington on November 4, to begin radiation.
For updates you may go to his Facebook page Marcelino's Story for Boo's Buddies.
A benefit has been planned for November 16, 2013 at the Memories Building located at 414 E. Jefferson St. Plymouth from 2:00-10:00pm.
Cost is $10.00 adults, $5 for kids 4-12 and 3 and under are free. There will be live music, 50/50 drawings, door prizes, a silent auction for great items, food and fellowship to help Marcelino and his family with medical expenses.
Musical line up includes: Austin Pennington 3-4pm, Groupies Wanted 4-6pm, Joey Garcia 6-7pm and Subtle Fall 7-9pm.
Raffles will be at 4pm, 6pm and possibly 9pm.
Auction will take place at 7pm.
Come out and support this family November 16th from 2-10pm.
Donations for the event are still being accepted, you may contact Sylvia King at 574-540-6831.
The Pride of Plymouth Marching Band has made PCSC history once again! On Saturday, the band competed at Pike High School in Indianapolis for a chance to advance to the ISSMA State Finals. Despite high winds, the band gave an amazing performance and qualified for the ISSMA State Finals to be held in the Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Colts!) this Saturday!
This was the first time in PHS history that the band has advanced to state finals in Class B competition. The band also advanced in 2010 in Class C. This year's senior class not only made history for the PHS Band program... but, they did it twice!
State Finals Performance Order:
10:00 AM - Greenwood
10:13 AM - Plymouth
10:26 AM - DeKalb
10:39 AM - Floyd Central
10:52 AM - Northview
11:05 AM - New Castle
11:18 AM - Plainfield
11:31 AM - Jasper
11:44 AM - Concord
11:57 AM - Munster
12:15 - Award Ceremony
Tickets will be available this week in the Plymouth High School main office. Tickets for the state finals event are $20.
Congratulations to the Pride of Plymouth on an outstanding performance on Saturday and for bringing pride to the entire Plymouth community!
PHOTO: The Pride of Plymouth seniors on the field at the Pike Semi-State moments after they were announced as state finalists!
Recovering addict, David Parnell, spent twenty-three years abusing drugs, seven years of which he was addicted to methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant, which severely affects the brain. Under its influence, he attempted suicide by shooting himself. He shot himself under the chin with an SKS assault rifle, blowing his face apart. Though he survived, he sustained severe injuries.
Last Wednesday, David shared his inspirational story of recovery with staff and students of PHS. Many were moved by his account, and the dangers of this powerful drug are sure to keep fresh in the minds of those present.
Now a public speaker, author, consultant, and advocate for drug endangered children, David travels the country sharing his prevention story. www.facingthedragon.org
Congratulations to the "Pride of Plymouth" marching band for their great performance at the Indiana State School Music Association's Regional competition. The band earned a Gold Award rating at the competition held at Lafayette Jefferson High School, but also scored high enough to qualify for the Semi-State competition to be held at Pike High School this coming Saturday.
This marked the fourth time in PHS history that the band has advanced out of the ISSMA Regionals to the next level (2010 in Class C, and 2008 and 2012 in Class B) and the third time for this year's class.
The top 10 bands will advance to the ISSMA State Finals from the Semi-State contest. Good luck to the Pride as they practice this week to prepare for this weekend's event!
(Photo- Senior Drum Major Jessica Beagle holds the bands Gold Award trophy and Semi-State qualification medal after the Regional competition on Saturday).
The Spell Bowl team finished third at the NLC competition at NorthWood. Goshen placed first, and NorthWood took second, only one point ahead of the PHS team. Veteran spellers sophomore, Andrew Miller and junior, Anna Piazza turned in outstanding performances, missing only one word each.
The team also finished third at area competition at John Glenn High School. Rival Penn had a perfect score of 90, followed by Mishawaka with a 49. Plymouth scored 46. Junior, Katelyn O'Neal turned in a perfect performance, while senior, Nate Mahan earned a near-perfect score. Some of the challenging words that PHS students mastered included tremolo, academician, reptilian, vox populi, Shangri-La, scuttlebutt, Dostoyevsky, okapi, and merganser.
Pictured: Kirsten Morrow, Carmen Gutierrez, Malana Arroyo, Katelyn O'Neal, Kayla Brissette, Anna Piazza, Korie Rice, Leticia Torres, Josh Olvera, Nate Mahan, Nick Gadberry, Andrew Miller. Junior Katelyn O'Neal received a Perfect Speller and Senior Nate Mahan received a Near Perfect.
Wednesday, October 16 - PSAT - Periods 1 - 3 - All Sophomores/Self-Selected Juniors
Tuesday, October 22 - English ECA Practice Test - Retesters only
Wednesday, October 23 - Accuplacer Testing - Periods 5 - 6 - Students who are taking dual credit courses who still need to meet college-level pre-reqs
Monday, October 28 - Algebra ECA Practice Test/Biology ECA Practice Test - Retesters only
Wednesday, October 30 - English ECA Test
Wednesday, October 30 - Accuplacer Testing - Periods 1 - 2
Thursday, October 31 - English ECA Test
Saturday, November 2 - SAT Test 7:30 - 12:45
Tuesday, November 5 - Algebra ECA Test/Biology ECA Test
Wednesday, November 6 - Algebra ECA Test/Biology ECA Test
Members of the PHS Orchestra visited the Country Corner Daycare to teach the pre-school students about the violin and viola. Students heard all kinds of sounds that the instruments made and were even able to see the instruments up close. They really enjoyed it when the Orchestra played songs that they knew like "Old MacDonald" and "The Wheels on the Bus". In preparation for this presentation, the PHS students had to learn these songs by ear, with no music to guide them. They did a great job and inspired a lot of little kids to learn an instrument when they grow up.
The Spell Bowl Team finished third at the NLC competition at NorthWood. Goshen placed first, and NorthWood took second, only one point ahead of the PHS team. Veteran speller Andrew Miller had a near-perfect and Anna Piazza turned in an outstanding performances only missing two. The team will face state champion Penn at the area competition at John Glenn next Monday.
Pictured: Kayla Brissette, Josh Olvera, Kirsten Morrow, Katelyn O'Neal, Andrew Miller, Carmen Gutierrez, Sierra Keaton, Nick Gadberry, Mrs. Schmeltz, Malana Arroyo.